This past weekend I had the pleasure to meet an amazing family who is new to our community. They do not speak much english at all, so I met with them along with fantastic gentleman from the American Civic Association who is their friend and interpreter.
This is Mahommad. He is 5 years old and just moved here in September. I want you to meet him first, because he was the first smiling face I saw as I walked up to their door and I instantly fell in love with him. He came from Turkey, but his first home was Bagdad, Iraq.
Mahommad came here with his mom, dad and 2 older sisters. When he was 2 years old, his family left Iraq with what they could carry. They boarded a bus for a trip to Turkey. In reality – they were fleeing their country. It was so dangerous there, he could not go outside most days. His mom and dad were afraid for their lives. They lived in Turkey for 3 years until they were granted refugee status and came here to the US.
Mahommad – loves playing on the computer, his teacher, climbing on his dad, going to preschool, bouncing around and being with his family. His eyes sparkle with curiosity and his smile is infectious.
Mahommad doesn’t have a lot of toys, but that’s ok with his mom and dad. They want him to spend his time learning English and studying. He will soon be a big brother too! Before I left, he snuck me a peanut butter cup, to make sure I took one home with me.
His favorite thing about America so far, is that it’s safe here and he gets to go to school. Over the next few days I will be sharing more of his family’s story.